Research Paper

Corruption Risk Assessment of State-Guaranteed Free and Privileged Health Care Services

Chapter: Armenia | Year: 2016

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The Transparency International Armenia mission is to promote good governance in Armenia through reducing corruption and strengthening democracy.

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The purpose of the study was to identify and evaluate corruptions risks within state-funded medical care, and then develop a set of recommendations.


TI-Armenia conducted initial stakeholder mapping to identify the most relevant actors; selected 10 medical organizations for the study; analysed health sector reports, statistical data and related legislation; and conducted interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders. For example, 63 in-depth interviews were held with patients who had recently received free medical care.


  • The study found various corruption risks in medical assistance, including doctor's referral and registration, citizens' lack of information, and management of complaint mechanisms, among others.


The report's findings and recommendations were submitted to Ministry of health and the Anti-Corruption Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister of Armenia. Most recommendations were accepted and considered in the draft anti-corruption action plan of the health sector.